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close this bookUN Charter of the United Nations (UN)
View the documentPreamble
View the documentChapter I: Purposes and principles
View the documentChapter II: Membership
View the documentChapter III: Organs
View the documentChapter IV: The general assembly
View the documentChapter V: The security council
View the documentChapter VI: Pacific settlement of disputes
View the documentChapter VII: Action with respect to threats to the peace, breaches of the peace, and acts of aggression
View the documentChapter VIII: Regional arrangements
View the documentChapter IX: International economic and social co-operation
View the documentChapter X: The economic and social council
View the documentChapter XI: Declaration regarding non-self-governing territories
View the documentChapter XII: International trusteeship system
View the documentChapter XIII: The trusteeship council
View the documentChapter XIV: The international court of justice
View the documentChapter XV: The secretariat
View the documentChapter XVI: Miscellaneous provisions
View the documentChapter XVII: Transitional security arrangements
View the documentChapter XVIII: Amendments
View the documentChapter XIX: Ratification and signature
 

Preamble

We the peoples of the United Nations determined

- to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and

- to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and

- to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and

- to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom, AND FOR THESE ENDS

- to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors, and to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and

- to ensure by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and

- to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples, HAVE RESOLVED TO COMBINE OUR EFFORTS TO ACCOMPLISH THESE AIMS

Accordingly, our respective Governments, through representatives assembled in the city of San Francisco, who have exhibited their full powers found to be in good and due form, have agreed to the present Charter of the United Nations and do hereby establish an international organization to be known as the United Nations.

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